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Old 11-10-2014, 01:58 PM   #1
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Water Heater anode

The camper is brand new this last September. Probably need to replace. We have bad hard water here. Click image for larger version

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Old 11-10-2014, 02:14 PM   #2
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That actually looks pretty good. You have several more months left on that rod in my opinion. I'll try and snap a pic of mine when I get home. I usually replace it when it is about half gone.
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Old 11-10-2014, 02:14 PM   #3
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You have at least 95% left on that rod, that white build up is the junk that pours out your H/W heater. For $12.00 just replace it yearly, it will cut down on the white crud that comes out, that would be the only reason. Yours is still like new but you will not get that white junk off with anything not even a wire brush. I have tried. by the way HI BOMB DOC
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Glass bead blasting will make it look like new with the exception of the crevices, but the glass beads even clean them out. I clean mine every time I remove it, wrap the threads with Teflon tape and re-install it.
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Old 11-10-2014, 03:07 PM   #5
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I was surprised how it looks for such a short time used. I'll use next year then start replacing every spring


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Unless your using the water heater all summer long you should get at least 2 summers out of one. Take it out every fall and clean threads and put new Teflon tape on every fall, while its out flush the water heater and clean all the residue out of the water heater .
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Unless your using the water heater all summer long you should get at least 2 summers out of one. Take it out every fall and clean threads and put new Teflon tape on every fall, while its out flush the water heater and clean all the residue out of the water heater .
I would not put tape on the threads, you want contact with the W/H metal. It will not leak without it, Just IMO....
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Totally not needed.

I don't even clean mine; just close the bypass valves; drain and flush out the tank; tape up the threads and screw it right back in.
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Totally not needed.

I don't even clean mine; just close the bypass valves; drain and flush out the tank; tape up the threads and screw it right back in.
I only bead blast mine because it only takes about a minute and IMO just exposes the anode better. I agree with the re-taping to insure no leaks. I also smear a little Danco silicone grease on the threads for rust prevention.
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I recommend teflon tape or oatey great white pipe dope with teflon.
You don't want the anode rusting threads and sticking in there!
It has happened. Even with tape there will be some metal to metal contact
and that's all that's needed.
I put liberal amount of oatey pipe dope on mine every time I drain and
replace it. It still gets eaten away so I know it's making contact.
Just drained and re-installed mine yesterday....
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